Everybody enjoys snacks at the flicks-- however seeing that fluffy texture on a ceiling? Not so much.
The stippled structure known as the popcorn ceiling was popular from the 1950s via the 1980s, specifically in bed rooms. Often compared to cottage cheese, the bumps of this surface allegedly dampened noise, yet likewise made it much easier for builders to hide flaws.
Nowadays, it can make marketing your home harder, depending on the marketplace as well as cost variety, claimed Timothy Schutte, a leading executing realty agent in Des Moines, Iowa as well as professional in single-family residences.
" It's a vintage and aged design," stated Schutte.
" It is discovered fairly promptly upon unlocking and walking in. It may not be within the initial three minutes, however you see it."
Does getting rid of a popcorn ceiling boost your house's worth? Prior to you roll up your sleeves and grab the putty knife and also safety safety glasses, you should weigh whether the expense of removal is worth it given the moment, cost, as well as prospective wellness danger.
The benefits and drawbacks of popcorn
Not everyone is sour on snacks ceilings. The house enhancement as well as repair website DoItYourself.com, introduced in 1995, claimed that this textured, spray-on finish is an economical means to hide flaws in a ceiling, including leakages, splits, damages, and just poor handiwork. They're inexpensive as well as very easy to install, and because of their acoustic properties, popcorn ceilings can lower sound in multi-story houses as well as high-traffic locations such as entrances and also hallways.
Yet popcorn ceilings don't manage moisture well, according to Fixr an on-line directory of solution specialists established in 2008. In a bathroom or cooking area, both of which have a fair quantity of dampness, the appearance of a snacks ceiling can loosen and also eventually come down.
The greatest visual downside of a popcorn ceiling is that it has a tendency to gather dirt, dust, as well as cobwebs. Due to its "crater-like surface areas," it likewise casts severe shadows, making areas show up smaller sized.
" Snacks [structure] is extremely tough to tidy and also to keep tidy," Schutte said. "It attracts dust as well as creates shadows. Whenever you take it off, it makes an area really feel a lot more lively."
What concerning asbestos concerns?
Deciding to eliminate a snacks ceiling is difficult, nevertheless, as a result of the opportunity of asbestos.
Asbestos is a mineral fiber happening in rock and dirt that, if inhaled, can trigger diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and also mesothelioma cancer.
Asbestos was utilized for years in a variety of building construction materials, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), yet has actually been banned in various products from 1973 via 1990.
Nevertheless, if your home was developed before the late 1980s, the spray-on structure utilized to create your popcorn ceiling may have included asbestos.
Although it's impossible to tell whether any kind of material consists of asbestos just by sight, scraping off a part to be tested can do more harm than good, releasing asbestos fibers via dirt.
" Product that is in excellent condition as well as will certainly not be interrupted (by remodeling, as an example) must be left alone," the EPA recommends.
If your snacks ceiling is already damaged as well as you're concerned concerning asbestos, the EPA encourages consulting with a skilled asbestos professional, that can evaluate for the compound as well as work with you on eliminating it. (The cost of such testing varies commonly by square foot, although hazardous products contractors do offer cost-free price quotes).
You additionally can spray water onto a tiny portion of the location and remove an example without scraping. The approved testing business EMSL Analytical Inc. of Cinnaminson, New Jersey, which has more than 45 areas throughout the United States as well as Canada, will examine consumers' samples, with lab costs beginning around $130 for a one-week turnaround time.
The more recent kind of popcorn appearance is made with items of polystyrene or Styrofoam, so there's no concern of asbestos with those, also if there's flaking.
Snacks ceiling removal is pricey-- and messy
Removing a snacks ceiling can be expensive and leave great white dirt everywhere. Although you can do this yourself, particularly if the materials are free of asbestos, be planned for a great deal of labor.
Initially, you'll have to eliminate the home furnishings or move them to the center of the room and cover them as well as the floor with a ground cloth and also plastic bed linen. Then spray a little area (about 10 square feet) of ceiling with cozy water, let that rest for around 20 mins, as well as remove what comes loose.
The professionals recommend applying drywall compound to any kind of issue areas with a drywall knife, skimming smoothly, then priming and also repainting the ceiling.
Expect to pay regarding $30 to $200 in materials to do this yourself, or about $1 to $3 per square foot for labor and also products if you employ a specialist. The average house owner invests regarding $1,675 nationwide.
If your ceiling tests favorable for asbestos, anticipate to pay $3 to $7 per square foot, or up to $2,750 in extra costs, relying on the dimension of the space and the extent of the problem.
Skim finishing the ceiling with drywall compound and painting it gives this a smooth "executive feel," although knockdown texture, applied with a structure sprayer, offers visual interest as well as conceals imperfections without popcorn's outdated appearance.
The problem is, house owners in the middle of preparing a residence available for sale typically don't have the disposition to tackle this task as a result of the debris.
Somebody turning a home, that isn't living there while the work is underway, is more likely to do it, Schutte stated.
" With a home owner in the residential or commercial property, we discuss [getting rid of] the popcorn ceiling," he claimed. "Yet we haven't truly ever before had them do the work due to the fact that it does set you back a little bit of money as well as the hassle elements really high."
Yet can eliminating a popcorn ceiling include resale value?
That said, the value obtained by getting rid of a snacks ceiling does raise thinking about customers' assumptions for homes of a specific dimension and also in a specific cost variety.
" With a $200,000 home with a popcorn ceiling, there's a lot of need as well as not a lot of supply. Those houses market quicker, so there's much less demand to do it," Schutte stated.
By comparison, a 4,000- to 5,000-square-foot residence in a greater price variety, such as $700,000, can rest on the marketplace much longer and make buyers hesitate if it needs upgrades. Why acquisition something older that needs dealing with when they can acquire something in a new subdivision with brand-new facilities for the very same rate?
" The larger your home, and also the more costly the residence, the extra vulnerable I am to claim that it requires to obtain done-- as well as it'll add worth by obtaining it done," Schutte claimed. "Among the updates that someone would certainly want to see in that costlier house is eliminating snacks ceilings."
Schutte approximates that eliminating a snacks ceiling would include $25,000 to $35,000 in worth for a large estate executive home. For a house of regarding 1,400 square feet setting you back about $200,000, he estimates an added value of about $2,500-- essentially, near what a homeowner may take into the task.
Mike Ford, a general certified property evaluator serving greater city Los Angeles as well as a member of the American Guild of Evaluators, said removing a snacks ceiling can add to a boost in worth for a high price range.
For a home worth regarding $200,000, nonetheless, "I can not envision the advantage would certainly be worth gambling $2,500 on. It is just as likely the snacks ... may cover ceiling splits that may call for additional prices to fix," he stated.
Rather, a building's total problem as well as look will dictate the value greater than a solitary item, Ford added. "A fresh scuffed ceiling may include no worth if the whole indoor needs brand-new paint and also everything else regarding the house is outdated."
He recommended looking at relative sales and the present market to prioritize your updates (new floor covering, sprucing up the cooking area and bathroom) prior to taking on a snacks ceiling.
" If customers are currently paying high or near greatest costs with or without snacks, after that why invest money fixing something the marketplace does not dictate requires modification?" Ford stated.
" Repaint as well as end up floor covering still approve indoor contribution to value. Outside paint, including eaves and also timber trim, goes to least equally vital. Cracked and peeling paint can stop your brand-new purchasers' funding in its tracks."
Various other popcorn ceiling fixes
If you're still concerned that your snacks ceiling looks dated, there are means to hide it without tearing it down completely.
The DIY residence design site Apartment or condo Therapy has a number of suggestions, such as covering the ceiling with a drywall panel. Basic 8' x4' panels cost from $10 to $20, depending on density and also brand name, and you may also require drywall substance and joint tape to attach pieces.
( You additionally may need to lease a drywall lift, which relying on where you live can cost a minimum of $26 for 4 hours, with a $100 deposit at Home Depot.).
Another artful means to conceal the ceiling is making use of tin, timber, aluminum, fake tin, or copper floor tiles.
A 2' x4' faux tin white ceiling tile sets you back regarding $15. To cover a snacks ceiling, you'll need to knock off any kind of huge low-hanging pieces and also apply a multi-surface primer and also sealer such as Kilz Klear (regarding $19 a gallon) to provide a tidy surface for the tile's adhesive, such as Loctite glue (concerning $5 to $10 per tube).
For a modern rustic look, the experts at MarthaStewart.com suggest shiplap, traditionally made from timber boards stacked horizontally in addition to one another to make a surface watertight.
Armstrong Ceilings makes a version of ceiling planks that look like timber that install directly to joists or an existing ceiling, with comprehensive guidelines to cover broken plaster, drywall, or snacks ceilings. Prices begin at $1 per square foot.
A popcorn ceiling additionally looks much better once it's tidy and also brilliant.
Cover whatever in the room with a drop cloth or plastic sheeting, as you would before any type of large paint task; put on a dirt mask, security goggles, as well as hair treatment; as well as first take on the ceiling with a feather duster.
After that utilize a segmented foam roller to apply a fresh coat of paint. Just paint in one direction, to ensure that the snacks appearance does not peel off once it gets wet. (If you discover spots or persistent places, hit those first with spray-paint, and also let that completely dry before using the roller.).
Fresh paint makes a popcorn ceiling much less permeable, so it's much less prone to collecting dirt. Add soft lights with table and also floor lights to minimize extreme darkness, as well as the structure ends up being more refined.
If you locate that eliminating your popcorn ceiling is price excessive or not worth the trouble, your best bet might be to have it help you by freshening it up as well as casting it in a new light.